Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $2,200,000)
The goal of this grant application for SAKI Purpose Area 6 is to utilize advanced DNA testing and research methodologies to help identify and apprehend violent offenders linked to homicides in the entire state of Idaho. We have a unique arrangement with our local entities to provide resources and ensure the integrity and lawfulness of any familial searching or molecular genealogy searching in our state. We will leverage our partnerships, successes, and tenure to inform policies and practices in Idaho and nationally. This goal will be achieved through the following deliverables: (1) Add a new SAKI site coordinator for purpose area #6, adding two more full-time investigative staff dedicated to strictly homicide investigations, and adding more investigative resources such as a criminal intelligence analyst. (2) Train the new full-time SAKI investigators, complete a statewide inventory of unresolved violent crime cold cases, and work with local, county, and tribal entities to investigate, solve, and prosecute these cases. (3) Train new full-time staff to conduct forensic genealogy searches to further the investigation work and support local agencies. (4) Enhance task force competencies and capabilities through cross-disciplinary training, especially as it relates to investigating homicide cases with advanced DNA and the probative value of forensic evidence. (5) Enter homicide cases into ViCAP to help solve additional crimes.